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Joe Satriani
"The Extremist"

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Year of Release: 1992

track listing
  • Friends
  • The Extremist
  • War
  • Cryin'
  • Rubina's
    Blue Sky Happiness
  • Summer Song
  • Tears In The Rain
  • Why
  • Motorcycle Driver
  • New Blues

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    "The Extremist"

    Recently, another "supergroup" emerged... The band called Chickenfoot, featuring Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony of Van Halen, and Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer, Chad Smith. This week, we look at one of the bandmembers solo releases, guitar great Joe Satriani's 1992 release, The Extremist.

    No doubt, Satriani's guitar playing makes him one of the many great guiar gods in Rock music. Very rarely, he would take on the role of vocalist, but his guitar playing pretty much says it all. Satriani is all instrumental on The Extremist, showing that his guitar alone speaks for itself.

    There's a good blend of fast/hard rocking songs, and some easy-going tunes, to even out the mix. Songs such as "Friends" and the title track easily sets the rocking momentums. "War" stands out as a more harder rock song, as though it matches the harder Alternative Rock styles, as heard in Metallica, so to speak. Gentler songs sets the cool-down phase, with "Cryin'" and "Rubina's Blue Sky Happiness"; both songs could fit even the Smooth Jazz formats. "Summer Song" returns Joe in rocking form, as the gentler side drifts back on the short tune "Tears In The Rain." Guitar Rock returns with the next two tracks, "Why" and "Motorcycle Driver," where a nice smooth bluesy feel sets the last track, "New Blues."

    It's the mix blend of harder rock and softer rock that makes The Extremist a very good album. Again, Joe proves an all-instrumental guitar rock album is all he needs to tell for Rock fans. There are albums by Satriani that maybe better than others, but The Extremist is a very well-done release, and to all guitar rock fans and Satrani fans alike, it's well worth listening to.

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